Feb 15, 2013 4:00pm PST
carthyism and this weird unconnectedness, attacking chuck hagel, for example, because no one will give us info or anyone info about the benghazi situation even though hagel wasn't even in the government when benghazi happened. sick stuff. and it seems to be growing in inverse proportion to obama's popularity. the better he looks, the worse these characters, inhofe, cruz, mccain, and lindsey graham, are determined to look. did you notice the smile on john boehner's face sitting up there behind the president during the state of the union? if you did, you're imagining things. so afraid of the hard hating right of republicans these days of every stripe, even boehner's scared to death of looking like he might like something barack obama had to say. to do that is to risk political death in these days. let's go at it. our guests are joy reid of the grio and michael steele, former chairman of the republican national committee. both are msnbc analysts and good ones. let's take a look at this. is this delay on the hagel vote about playing for time hoping new information comes out about them? "the new york times"
Feb 15, 2013 9:00pm EST
, neil, it goes back to there is a lot of ill will towards senator hagel because when he was a republican, he attacked president bush mercilessly. at one point said he was the worst president since president hoover, said that the surge was the worst blunder since the vietnam war, which is nonsense, and was very anti his own party and people. people don't forget that. you can disagree, but if you're disagreeable, then people don't forget that. >> that was republican senator john mccain on fox news yesterday explaining why exactly he is participating in filibustering chuck hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense. he says chuck hagel is too darn disagreeable. so says john mccain. quote, in a heated dispute over immigration law overhaul, mccain screamed f you at john cornyn who had been raising concerns about the legislation. this is chicken -- stuff, mccain snapped at cornyn. are you calling me stupid chuck grassley once said? no, replied senator mccain. i'm calling you an -- jerk. at a gop meeting last fall, mccain erupted out of the blue at the respected budget chairman pete domenici
Feb 14, 2013 9:00am EST
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Feb 21, 2013 6:00am PST
the myth that chuck hagel spoke to a nonexistent hamas group. >> exactly. and then they dig their heels in. basically what happened this guy dan friedman wrote -- he was trying to get out of his sources for stories, and he was joking around with the republican senate aide. he is like did he get money from this or that group. >> stephanie: he said has he given a speech to the friends of hamas. >> so this senate aid -- and friedman checked back in anything from friends from hamas? so all of a sudden this senate aid must have been gossiping around the office because right-martin news -- >> stephanie: there is the headline. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: white house spokesman ducks questions on friends of hamas. >> yes and then dan freedman comes out and explained why this probably happened and they refused to correct their story. >> stephanie: right, and he says -- friedman says here in the article, the names were so over the top, it was clear i was talking hypothetically or hyperbolically. no one could take seriously that he would speak to them. >> how
Feb 22, 2013 6:00am PST
hagel, not because he has any moral core beliefs about chuck hagel being bad. lindsay graham is doing this because he knows the tea party dispieses him. >> these people do know the president can't just strike something down in the constitution. >> stephanie: i know. jeff in iowa writes steph back in the '90s the nra supported background checks and then the brady law was passed and the gun industry complained about slumping gun sales so the nra decided they are now opposed to background checks. thank you, jeff. [ applause ] >> they want a national database of mentally ill people but not of gun owners and show id when you vote, but not when you buy a weapon. >> stephanie: exactly. nra president convicted of shooting. david keane bragged this week that his pro-gun agenda would work because guns were cool his son was accused in december 2002 for shoot his handgun at another driver while taking his bmw for a jaunt along the potomac. the shot came within inches of the other driver's head and he should be getting out of prison just about now. he has a troubled mental his
Feb 27, 2013 3:00am PST
to new taxes. other than that, they're divided by chuck hagel and a legislative and pr strategy for dealing with the sequester, divided about immigration, divided to some extent about just the general posture towards the president. and i think you see in that poll, you know, you say who's the republican party unpopular with? to some extent obviously with democrats. but the reason the number's down so low is a lot of republicans are unhappy with the party. some from the right and some from the left. i think right now the president and his team are firing on all cylinders on the pr war leading up to the sequester. and republicans have put themselves in a weakened position. a lot of long-term issues as well. >> when your brand is in the 20s, you're in harry truman and george w. bush territory. it's just not good. and you know, the president is winning the day on a lot of issues, especially when it comes to dealing with gun violence. if you look at the poll, overwhelmingly, americans think that this country needs stricter gun laws. that obviously is an offshoot of not only newtown b
Feb 5, 2013 6:00am PST
-- >> filibuster -- >> stephanie: he said the opposition to hagel was intensifying. >> right. because he's -- what? >> huh? >> because he's only a war hero and republican -- >> stephanie: but, when john mccain starts to sound reasonable, something is going on. he said he will not support a filibuster. >> it's not the policy. >> stephanie: several other senator also voiced reservations about a filibuster after mitch mcconnell raised that policy. >> it's not the policy! >> stephanie: it's true. >> and further more [ mumbling ] ! [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> just warning you. >> stephanie: just proving he is still kind of a douche. did you see he made a racist joke. representative justin ahmash republican of michigan denowed the joke about president i'm a dinner jacket in which he alluded to auk ma den jad as a monkey. >> he was talking about the monkey in space and that he wants to be the first iranian in space -- >> mccain doesn't think that he is a foreign leader in any way shape or form. >> stephanie: just saying still under the category of not helpful.